Inhibitor application for hair loss
Inhibitor (for hair loss) treatment specifically targets the enzymes inside hair follicles which are responsible for maintaining their dormant state (telogen phase) in cases of AA. In doing so, they stimulate the follicles to move out of the telogen phase and back into active growth (anagen phase).
Current research has shown that applying specific enzyme inhibitors topically (directly to the skin) results in a rapid onset of the anagen phase and subsequent hair growth. Please contact us for more information.
Inhibitors can prevent hair loss by targeting the underlying causes and processes that lead to hair thinning or baldness. One of the primary causes of hair loss in both men and women is a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is a derivative of testosterone and can bind to hair follicles, causing them to shrink and produce progressively thinner and finer hair until they eventually stop producing hair altogether. Inhibitors, such as Finasteride and Dutasteride, work to counteract this process by reducing the levels of DHT in the scalp. Here’s how they do it:
Inhibition of Enzymes: These medications inhibit specific enzymes, like 5-alpha-reductase, which are responsible for converting testosterone into DHT. By blocking or reducing the activity of these enzymes, they decrease the production of DHT in the scalp.
Slowing Miniaturization: When DHT levels decrease, the hair follicles’ miniaturization process is slowed or halted. This means that the hair follicles are less affected by the harmful effects of DHT and can continue to produce healthier, thicker hair.
Promoting Hair Growth: By interfering with the DHT-mediated hair loss process, inhibitors can lead to increased hair density, the regeneration of dormant hair follicles, and the promotion of new hair growth. This can result in a fuller and more youthful appearance.
It’s important to note that while inhibitors can be effective in preventing hair loss, they are typically most effective for individuals with androgenetic alopecia (male and female pattern baldness), which is driven by DHT. They may not be as effective for other forms of hair loss caused by factors like autoimmune conditions or nutritional deficiencies.
It’s essential to consult a healthcare professional before starting any hair loss treatment with inhibitors. They can assess your specific condition, discuss potential side effects, and provide guidance on the best approach to address your hair loss concerns.